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Nika Saeedi
Monday, December 22, 2014
End of Year message from iKNOW Politics expert and UNDP Policy, Gender, Political Process and Peacebuilding specialist Nika Saeedi.
Gender discrimination runs deep. It infects the hearts of both men and women. Since without conscious, deliberate, and sustained effort, no one can remain unaffected by its corrosive influence, both groups must realize that such a problem can...
Friday, May 23, 2014
Egypt: Women Council Opposes Proposed Women Representation in Parliament
Women were angered by the percentage allocated to their representation in the future parliament according to the new parliament law, the National Council for Women said on Thursday. A committee formed by a presidential decree to draft this new law...
Friday, April 25, 2014
Egyptian women campaign for larger role in parliament
Egyptian women today still suffer from cultural, social and political discrimination with no indication from policymakers for progress. Though women attained the right to political participation in 1956, significant development has been minimal. The...
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Electoral system and women’s representation in Nepal: need for reform?
International IDEA in collaboration with Demo Finland, UN Women and the Embassy of Finland organized a seminar on the Electoral System and Women’s Representation in Nepal: Need for Reform? on 4 March 2014 in Kathmandu. 270 people participated,...
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Equality for Women is Progress for All
Message of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, for International Women’s Day 2014.   Today we join the people of the world in celebration of the progress made for women’s rights, women’...
Monday, February 24, 2014
Egypt's chances slim for ElBaradei’s political comeback – Hala Shukrallah
A woman succeeded to presidency in a major Egyptian political party over the weekend, marking a stunning turnaround for this traditionalist country. A caucus of the liberal Hizb el-Dostour, better known as the Constitution Party, upheld the...
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Ed Miliband accuses David Cameron of running country like old boys' network
David Cameron has been accused of running the country like an old boys' network after he turned up to prime minister's questions with an entirely male frontbench. He was taunted about the Conservatives' "women problem" by Ed Miliband in the same...
Friday, January 31, 2014
El Salvador elections: Putting women's right on the agenda
Jenny Pierce's recent piece about El Salvador on the Inter-American Development Bank's blog, Sin Miedos, questioned where women's voices fit into discussions surrounding the (in)famous gang truce brokered in 2012. While Pierce's question remains...
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Ex-GOP Guv: Republicans Think They Can Solve Their Problems By Putting A Woman On Camera
A pair of female lawmakers provided two of the GOP's four responses to the State of the Union address on Tuesday, something a former Republican governor dismissed as a cosmetic solution to the party's problems with women. Prior to Tuesday night,...
Sunday, January 26, 2014
Editorial: Why are so few women in politics?
Why are there so few women in politics? I think the wrong answer is “well, women don’t care about politics.” I think women are quite political. So why does this gender gap exist? We invite you to read the full article published January 27, 2014
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Egyptian Women aim for 100 parliamentary seats
The Egyptian Feminist Union (EFU) announced Sunday the initiation of a 16 week campaign to raise EGP 30m to support female candidates running for the 2014 House of Representatives elections. The campaign’s aim is to help 100 female candidates. The...
Friday, November 22, 2013
Efforts to develop a gender perspective in NATO-led operations get mixed review
The Review of the Practical Implications of UNSCR 1325 for the Conduct of NATO-led Operations and Missions was commissioned by Allied leaders at the 2012 Chicago Summit. The aim was to take stock of efforts to integrate a gender perspective in the...
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Egypt’s 'Muslim Sisterhood' moves from social work to politics
The Muslim Sisterhood, which remains under-reported, is a wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. But is it an organization that has a weight similar to that of the Brotherhood, or does it merely support the Brotherhood in times of need? The Muslim...
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Egypt: Council - Women Were Marginalized Under Brotherhood's Rule
Ambassador Mervat Talawi, the National Council for Women's head, called on all countries to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood's crimes to terrorize citizens and cause instability and turbulence in Egypt. Women were the first to suffer for a whole...
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Every Effort Needed to Protect Afghan Women MPs
Afghan authorities must make every effort possible to ensure the release and safe return of abducted Afghan woman MP Fariba Ahmadi Kakar and to provide greater protection for all women parliamentarians in the country, says the Inter-Parliamentary...